Definitions for: Abandonment

[n] withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
[n] the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
[n] the act of giving something up

Webster (1913) Definition: A*ban"don*ment (-ment), n. [Cf. F. abandonnement.]
1. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned;
total desertion; relinquishment.

The abandonment of the independence of Europe.

2. (Mar. Law) The relinquishment by the insured to the
underwriters of what may remain of the property insured
after a loss or damage by a peril insured against.

3. (Com. Law)
(a) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as
to mill site, etc.
(b) The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound
by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child;

4. Careless freedom or ease; abandon. [R.] --Carlyle.

Synonyms: defection, desertion, forsaking

See Also: abscondment, absence without leave, apostasy, bolt, decampment, deviationism, discard, disposal, disposition, exposure, rejection, tergiversation, throwing away, unauthorized absence, withdrawal

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